When you read, do you BECOME the characters of the story, or do you give them faces of people you know? And when you write, do you feel you ARE characters of your story even if they’re nothing at all like you in real life?
Orson Scott Card wrote in Characters & Viewpoint that characters are people. Human beings. Whole and alive, believable, and worth caring about. Like I said last week, storytelling is not just about narrating a string of events without a purpose. It’s about what happens, to whom, the struggle to achieve a goal, and a final change at the end. Characters are our “to whom”. And even if your protagonist is not initially a person nor alive (they can be a city, an animal, a ghost), you make them look human in your writing. You want to make them living, whole, believable, and worth caring about. The character is the soul…